Amélie Bertrand, Daisy Temple, 2018, oil on canvas, 86 5⁄8 × 70 3⁄4".

Amélie Bertrand


Amélie Bertrand, Daisy Temple, 2018, oil on canvas, 86 5⁄8 × 70 3⁄4".

“Naked Light,” Amélie Bertrand’s recent exhibition of oil paintings and digital prints, depicted Miami Deco-style architectures in ersatz tropical settings. Works in both mediums featured colorful compositions of stone fountains and porticos, palm trees, ferns, and fruit bowls lit by pink and yellow florescent bulbs. Given the blunt artificiality of these particular scenes, it’s no surprise that Bertrand conceives them on a computer using Photoshop and images sourced from the internet. What was unexpected, however, is how well her paintings—even more than the digital prints—evoke the addictive glow and sleek surfaces of computer monitors and smartphone screens. Using small brushes and hundreds of hand-cut stencils, Bertrand creates an immaculately flat layer of paint across the canvas. Like jigsaw-puzzle pieces, her painted forms abut perfectly, with no overlap. But a

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